LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - A Lawton man is under arrest for first-degree murder in the death of his five-month-old daughter.
According to police, officers were dispatched to the 300 block of NW 14th Street on December 27 due to a 911 call that a child was not breathing. The five-month-old was taken to Comanche County Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
20-year-old Christian Rowson told police he was at home with the baby in a bouncer next to him when the baby started to cry, and he picked her up, placed her on her stomach in her crib and hit the child in the back of the head with the palm of his hand.
Later in the afternoon Rowson noticed the child didn’t appear to be breathing. He then called 911. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner determined the cause of death to be homicide by blunt force trauma to the head.
Rowson also confessed to multiple incidents where he struck the child in the head as well as tossing her into her crib because he was frustrated the child would not stop crying.
Rowson has not been charged, but he’s being held in the Comanche County Detention Center.